February 2, 2011

Women's BB Notes: LSSU/SVSU (Feb. 3 & 5)

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Thursday, Feb. 3
Women's Basketball at Lake Superior State, 7:30 p.m.

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Saturday, Feb. 5
Women's Basketball vs. Saginaw Valley State, 3 p.m.

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* The Games:
Ferris State women's basketball team continues Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play this week.  FSU visits Lake Superior State on Thursday (Feb. 3) for a 7:30 p.m. (ET) tilt in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.  The Bulldogs then return home to host Saginaw Valley State on Saturday (Feb. 5) starting at 3 p.m. (ET) inside Wink Arena.

* Ticket Info: Tickets for both doubleheaders will be available at the door. FSU students are admitted free to Saturday's home contest with their student identification cards. For additional information on home ticket sales, please contact the FSU Athletics Ticket Office at (231) 591-2888.

* Media Coverage: Both of this week's games will be carried live by the Bulldog Sports Network and streamed online via Ustream. They can also be heard via Bulldog Radio on Charter Channel 98 in Mecosta County or Channel 21 on the FSU campus. A live pay-per-view video webcast will also be offered for both doubleheaders thru America One in addition to live internet statistics. Links are available at www.ferrisstatebulldogs.com (click on the "upcoming events" scoreboard tab or team schedule page).

* Follow On Twitter/Facebook: In addition to radio and internet coverage, Bulldog fans can follow all FSU games this year via Twitter & Facebook. To access the feed, please visit www.twitter.com/ferrisathletics or www.facebook.com/ferrisathletics to follow the tweet-by-tweet social media coverage with periodic scoring updates.

* Showdown Recap: Ferris battled nationally-ranked Grand Valley State to the wire before dropping a hard-fought 69-62 decision in the opening game of the "131 Showdown" on Saturday (Jan. 29) night at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids. The Bulldogs built an eight-point first half advantage and held a 37-33 edge at halftime before the nationally 22nd-ranked Lakers came back in the second period.  GVSU totaled 36 points in the final half compared to only 25 for FSU in notching the triumph. GVSU led by as many as 10 points in the final frame before FSU pulled back within three with only two minutes to go.  However, the Lakers made four free throws in the final 40 seconds to secure the victory. The setback snapped FSU's three-game winning streak.

* Leading The Way: Senior forward Tiara Adams (Lansing/Waverly) led FSU with a team-high 14 points. Junior guard Tricia Principe (Kalamazoo/Mattawan) added 11 points with freshman guard Sarah DeShone (Elkhart, Ind./Jimtown) contributing 10 points in the losing cause at the "131 Showdown". Senior Becci Houdek (Canton) totaled nine points, seven assists and five blocked shots in a all-around game.

* The Records: Ferris State (9-9, 5-7 GLIAC) has won three of its last four games to date this year.  FSU wrapped up the 2009-10 season with a 8-19 overall record and was 7-15 in GLIAC play.  The Bulldogs previously made their 10th consecutive and 11th overall berth in the GLIAC Tournament where they advanced to the semifinals for the third-straight year in 2008-09.
   
Lake Superior State (13-5, 10-2 GLIAC) has dropped only two league games this year after recording a 15-13 overall record with a 11-11 league mark a season ago.
   
Saginaw Valley State (6-12, 4-8 GLIAC) has won two of its last three games heading into Thursday's (Feb. 3) home tilt versus Grand Valley State. They were 7-20 overall last year and 5-17 in the GLIAC

* The Coaches: Ferris State  – Tracey Dorow (Western Michigan, 1996), 13th season, 205-152 (.574) – (11-17 vs. LSSU, 18-7 vs. SVSU).  Dorow presently ranks as Ferris' all-time winningest coach.  She guided FSU to a 22-7 mark and the school's first NCAA-II Great Lakes Regional Tourney appearance in 1999-00. She spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Lake Michigan College (1994-97) and one season at Indianapolis (1997-98). She also directed FSU to an NCAA Tourney berth in 2003-04 and the NCAA-II Sweet Sixteen in 2006-07.
   
Lake Superior State – Jamie Pewinski, 5th season at LSSU. She took over as head coach in 2006 after seven seasons as the program's assistant coach. Pewinski played collegiately at both Oakland University and Saginaw Valley State.
   
Saginaw Valley State – Shannon Baugh, 3rd season at SVSU. Baugh is midst her third season at the Cardinal helm after previously serving as a NCAA Division I assistant coach at Buffalo, Northern Illinois, Bradley and Wisconsin-Green Bay along with a stint at North Dakota.

* GLIAC Player of Week: Senior guard Becci Houdek (Canton) was tabbed as last week's (Jan. 24) GLIAC North Division Player of the Week. Houdek fueled the Bulldogs' home sweep of Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan (Jan. 20 & 22).  The 5-9 Houdek had an impressive all-around game with 12 points, nine rebounds and seven assists as FSU rallied for a 63-60 upset over then eighth-ranked MTU.  She then scored a game-high 17 points with four rebounds and four assists despite playing only 24 minutes in Ferris' decisive win versus NMU.  Houdek averaged 14.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists in the two-game stretch.  She also made 11-of-17 (.647) field goal tries.

* One More Win: Ferris needs only one more win to notch its 10th victory of the year.  FSU had reached double-digit victories 13 consecutive seasons prior to last campaign.  It marked only the second time in the last 20 years the Bulldogs had't won at least 10 games in a season and the first under head coach Tracey Dorow.

* National Leader: Ferris junior guard Tricia Principe (Kalamazoo/Mattawan) concluded the 2009-10 season as NCAA Division II's national statistical champion in free throw %. The 5-9 Principe sank 86 of 93 free throw attempts in 27 games while shooting a nation-high 92.5% from the charity stripe. A 2009-10 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV Third Teamer, Principe ranked as the Bulldogs' leading scorer (11.6 ppg.) and was the squad's second-best rebounder (5.2 rpg.). She made a school-record 44 consecutive free throws last campaign and had 18 double-figure scoring performances.

* GLIAC Award Winner: FSU senior forward Tiara Adams (Lansing/Waverly) was also tabbed as the GLIAC North Division Player of the Week this year as she won the award following the holiday break (Jan. 5). The 5-9 Adams had 13 points and seven rebounds while playing only 23 minutes in FSU's win over Virginia Union (Dec. 29).  She then added 15 points and 10 rebounds in a double-double effort as the Bulldogs fell to host Bowie State (Dec. 30) in the "Cluck U Chicken" Holiday Classic in Bowie, Md. Adams totaled 28 points and 17 rebounds in the two games while being named to the All-Classic Team.

* Notes From The Showdown: Grand Valley State did not take its first lead of the game until 13:32 left on a jumper by Alex Stelfox ....... The Detroit Pistons' popular public address announcer "Mason" was on the mic for the "131 Showdown" ...... Ferris State University welcomed more than 700 Grand Rapids urban youth students, family and instructors to the game as part of the 9-13 Initiative.

* Coming Up Next: Ferris State hits the road next week traveling to Ohio for a pair of games.  The Bulldogs visit Lake Erie for the first-time ever on Thursday, Feb. 10, before visiting Ashland on Saturday, Feb. 12.  The two games are FSU's final two regular-season conference road tilts as the final three league games will all take place inside Wink Arena against Wayne State, Findlay and Grand Valley State. 

* Game Promotions: A couple of special events will take place on Saturday at Wink Arena as FSU hosts Saginaw Valley State, including a special halftime performance.  As part of the Big Rapids area's month-long Festival of the Arts celebration, a special performance will take place and feature Fiddlers ReStrung, a 21-piece string ensemble which plays a diverse arrangement of musical styles. Consisting of students from Saline (Mich.) High School, the group offers an authentic creative edge that is clearly visible from the striking energy they portray on stage.

* Wear Red Day: In addition to the performance by Fiddlers ReStrung, Saturday's doubleheader will also mark a celebration of Healthy Hearts.  Fans are encouraged to WEAR RED to commemorate National Wear Red for Hearts Day and Go Red for Women Day.  Games and contests involving heart health will take place and prizes will be offered.  Various heart health stations will also take place in the lobby where fans can obtain information about heart disease and get their blood pressure checked.

* Second Meeting: Ferris State will square off against both Lake Superior State and Saginaw Valley State for the second time this season this week.  The Bulldogs previously lost to LSSU by a 73-56 count in Big Rapids (Jan. 6) and dropped a 70-67 decision to Saginaw Valley State two days later (Jan. 8) in University Center, Mich.

* Tough Setback: Saturday's win in the "131 Showdown" gave Grand Valley State a three-game lead over FSU for third place in the GLIAC North Division standings with seven conference games remaining on the regular-season slate. The top-three teams in each division and the two teams with the next best records qualify for the postseason conference tournament.

* Preseason All-GLIAC: FSU senior forward Tiara Adams was tabbed as a 2010-11 All-GLIAC North Division Preseason Second Team selection.  She earned second-team all-conference accolades a season ago after averaging 10.0 points and 8.3 rebounds per contest.

* Conference Stats: FSU's Tiara Adams has reached double-figure scoring in 15 of 18 contests this campaign. She currently ranks 10th in the league in rebouding (7.1 rpg.) and field goal percentage (.506) ...... Senior Becci Houdek is second in the GLIAC in assists for all games (5.2 apg.) along with second in assist/turnover ratio (2.0) and 10th in steals (1.8 spg.) ............. Junior Tricia Principe is fourth in free throw percentage (.889), fifth in three-point percentage (.453) along with eighth in three-pointers made (1.9 pg.) ..... FSU leads the league in assists (16.4 apg.).

* Bulldog Notebook: The Bulldogs notched the 450th triumph in school history a road win over Lewis (Nov. 23) ....... FSU dropped a 70-55 exhibition decision to NCAA Division I Oakland on Nov. 5 at Rochester, Mich. ....... Head Coach Tracey Dorow notched her 200th career win this year with the Bulldogs home victory over Ohio Dominican (Dec. 4).

* Looking At LSSU: GLake Superior State holds a 13-5 overall record and is presently 10-2 in the GLIAC entering Thursday's tilt. The Lakers, who are guided by fifth-year head coach Jamie Pewinski, have won four of their last five games to date and are paced in scoring by senior guard Emily Joseph (15.1 ppg.). LSSU was 15-13 overall a season ago and finished tied for fourth in the GLIAC North Division (11-11).

* Looking At SVSU: The Cardinals have won two of their last three outings to date this year and are presently 6-12 overall along with 4-8 in GLIAC action. They were 7-20 overall last year and 5-17 in the conference. Third-year head coach Shannon Baugh's team is paced in scoring by sophomore forward Cheritee Greene (9.5 ppg.). SVSU hosts Grand Valley State on Thursday (Feb. 3) prior to visiting the Bulldogs.

* Series History vs. LSSU: The Lakers maintain a 49-33 advantage heading into Thursday's 83rd meeting. LSSU has won 15 of the last 22 meetings. The two teams split two meetings last season with Ferris winning 60-59 in Big Rapids (1/7/10) and the Lakers pulling out a 54-42 triumph in Sault Ste. Marie (2/20/10). Ferris head coach Tracey Dorow presently has a 11-17 career coaching mark versus LSSU.  The Lakers topped FSU by a 73-57 score earlier this year (Jan. 6) in Big Rapids at Jim Wink Arena.

* Series History vs. SVSU: TThe Cardinals hold a 43-30 advantage entering Saturday's 74th encounter. FSU has won 18 of the last 24 meetings, including a 61-60 buzzer-beating win last year (1/9/10) at Big Rapids. SVSU responded with a 66-50 road win (2/18/10) a year ago at
Univ. Center and then beat FSU by a narrow 67-60 score in the most recent meeting a month ago (Jan. 8) in University Center.  FSU head coach Tracey Dorow presently is 18-7 to date versus SVSU. The Bulldogs have lost each of the last five years on the road at Saginaw Valley State.

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